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marc saltzman has five things you need to do to get your computer ready for 2012. we're beginning in this hour with this disturbing story out of connecticut. police say a paramedic raped a woman as she lay on a stretcher in an ambulance. police say the unconscious woman was being taken to a hospital last month when she woke up to find she was strapped down to the stretcher and was being raped. police say it was "outrageous and horrifying conduct." >> paramedics and police officers, firefighters are in positions of tremendous public trust. these allegations represent a tremendous breach of that trust. >> the 49-year-old suspect was arrested and later released on $25,000 bond. penn state university is welcoming its new football coach, bill o'brien is replacing former coach joe paterno who was
fired amid a scandal over alleged child sex abuse by a former coach. the team players say they are excited for a fresh start. o'brien is the outgoing new england patriots' offensive coordinator. and it'll be one year tomorrow since that tucson, arizona shooting left six dead and injured 13, including congresswoman gaby giffords. this weekend that tragedy is being remembered in many different ways. giffords made her first appearance at her tucson office presenting a plaque honoring her aide gabe zimmerman who was killed. and part of a hiking trail was renamed for him, as well. today in memory of the victims, trees will be planted for peace and tomorrow an interfaith church service. also there will be a candle light vigil at the university of arizona which giffords will attend. and a teenage run away who claimed that she was a 21-year-old colombian in the u.s. illegally is now back home in texas. turner's family says they are
suing the u.s. government agency that mistakenly deported her to south america. and a couple in south carolina is desperately trying to regain custody of their adopted daughter. a judge ordered the child be returned to her biological father citing a law that makes it illegal to break up a native american family. it's a controversial case and cnn has been following the developments. so, george, first we'll talk about how this ruling came about and what's happening since. >> well, there are so many sides to this. so i want to start with the adoptive parents, matt and melanie. their 2-year-old daughter, they've raised her since birth, they say that this was an open adoption. they know the biological mother. in comes into the picture the biological father, dustin brown, and dustin brown has been able to get his daughter back through a rule, a law called the indian child welfare act, basically because he is native american enrolled in the cherokee nation also his daughter being partially native american, he was able to get her back under this law that basically aims to
keep indian families together to protect the integrity of the indian family. so on new year's eve, rather, this family met in charleston, they thought they'd have a little more time to prepare themselves to turn over their daughter, but they had less time than they thought, they turned her over to dustin brown who drove off to oklahoma. we have an interview with the family before a gag order came through where they spoke to wciv, our affiliate. here's what they had to say. >> matt said when we had to do the transfer it was like he was failing her as a father. to send her off with people that she didn't know, what she must think of us. she just had this -- in my mind -- a really confused look on her face, which just -- but i'll always remember her crying after us when we had to walk out of that office and leave her there. >> everybody keeps saying, you know, how bad they feel for us, but i mean -- she's a 2-year-old
girl that got shoved in a truck and driven to oklahoma with strangers. >> they changed the name? -- >> she says that the family is not able to talk at this time, but i've learned through the attorney through brown's attorney that he did sign a waiver basically surrendering his custody at one point, but his attorney tells me over the phone today that he was tricked into doing so before he went on a one-year deployment to iraq. >> so he says he didn't necessary -- he didn't know what he was signing, he didn't think he was signing away his daughter up for adoption, but when he came back he decided to pursue it further? had he challenged it before being deployed? >> turns out he filed this litigation four months after his daughter was born. and in fact, i have a statement from that attorney. i want to give you this statement from his attorney. shannon jones who says "it is important to understand the indian child welfare act was not used as a loophole in this action."
she goes on to say my client would still be entitled to custody under south carolina law. this is something he's been working on for some time and recently got custody. >> in the issue of splitting up an native american family, he and the biological mother of this child. what was their relationship? i mean, upon signing over the adoption papers? >> they were not married. still trying to determine exactly what their relationship was. a lot of this information about adoption cases, it's actually concealed as confidential under south carolina law. so the nature of that relationship still unclear until we hear from him or more from the biological mother. >> it's a heartbreaking case no matter which side you look at it. a lot of people involved. >> yeah. >> thanks so much, george howell. >> thank you. all right. let's talk politics now. all eyes are on new hampshire in the final three days before the primaries there. the gop hopefuls fanned out
across the granite state hoping to steal momentum from front-runner mitt romney in the latest nbc marist poll mitt romney has 42%, a 20-point advantage over ron paul with 22%, and santorum came in third with 13%, newt gingrich, jon huntsman, and newt gingrich are in last place. mitt romney is taking no chances in tuesday's primary. he's reminding his supporters that polls can change quickly. cnn's political director mark preston joining us now from manchester with an update on that. things can change on a dime. they have to be prepared for just that. >> that is absolutely right. we talk a lot about real politics, ground game, well, we've actually seen how the mitt romney campaign is into action. let's take a look. >> you've heard the phrase,
well, if you want to see retail politics, you're going to see that here right now. we're in mitt romney's campaign headquarters. people are assembling, getting together to try to go out and start knocking on doors, start putting down yard signs, they expect to put down thousands of yard signs this weekend. a lot of telephone calls. let's keep walking through. you can kind of see, it's a bit chaotic trying to get things done. this is ryan williams with the romney campaign. how many volunteers will be on the ground this weekend? >> we'll have 1,000 volunteers this afternoon, probably 3,000 separate throughout the weekend, 150,000 phone calls between now and election day. knocking on 15,000 doors, distribute yard signs and make as many voter contacts all this weekend. >> explain to me what's going on in this room right here. >> well, we have phone banks reaching out to voters, people who are either undecided or making their final decision while reaching out to them to try to convince them to vote for governor romney.
also keeping track of who our voters are. >> let's see what they're saying. >> next tuesday, january 10th, please vote for mitt romney. thank you for your time. >> let's go over to this young lady right here, see what she's saying and what kind of reaction she's getting so far. how are you? i'm mark preston, cnn. how are you? where are you from? >> concord, massachusetts. >> you are? tell us how many telephone calls have you made so far? >> this is my third sheet. so maybe 200. >> there you have it. fred, right there, just a few hours ago, mitt romney's headquarters, it's about expectations right now for the former massachusetts governor. he's widely believed to be the winner on tuesday night even before a vote is cast. his ground game is so strong here. we're looking to find out who is going to come in second or third. fred? >> all right. and that will very well determine the momentum going into a south carolina contest.
thanks so much, mark preston. and join us every sunday afternoon 4:00 eastern as we dedicate an entire hour to the presidential contenders in this 2012 election. gaby giffords returns to tucson, a look back at a day that stunned the nation as we mark a sad anniversary. a machin. what ? customers didn't like it. so why do banks do it ? hello ? hello ?! if your bank doesn't let you talk to a real person 24/7, you need an ally. hello ? ally bank. no nonsense. just people sense.
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>> several people have been shot. the shooting occurred at a grocery store. >> we have discovered that we have 18 individuals that were shot. >> reporter: january 8th, 2011. a date tucson will never forget. >> the bodies laying on the concrete. >> the screaming, the crying, the bleeding. >> reporter: 19 people were shot that day, six of them died. the youngest, 9-year-old christina greene was one of many who had gone to the safeway store to meet arizona congresswoman gabrielle giffords. christina with there with her neighbor susie heilemann. christina was shot in the chest. >> i was holding hands with christina. we were eyeball to eyeball. she was confused and scared and i knew when we were lying on the ground outside of safeway the light went out of her eyes. >> reporter: as many of the victims lay bleeding in pools of
blood, two men wrestled the gunman. >> -- behind his knees and the small of his back, and another guy standing on his neck. >> reporter: 22 years old -- >> reporter: the scene was chaotic with sheriff deputies and civilians trying to triage victims. >> did you say gabrielle giffords was hit? >> reporter: he used his bare hands to stop the bleeding. >> i couldn't see an exit wound. i didn't know if there was one. all i saw was the entry wound. that's where i was applying the pressure. >> in the end, it was hernandez, the paramedics and the trauma team who saved gabrielle giffords life. >> this is about as good as it'll get. when you get shot in the head and bullet goes through your brain, the chances of living are very small and the chances of waking up and following commands -- >> reporter: january 8th, 2011 will be remembered as a
catastrophic day. one where a year later a community has pulled together to honor the victims and survivors of the deadliest rampage in the city's history. selma gutierrez, cnn, tucson, arizona. >> the youngest victim of that massacre was 9 years old. her parents remember that day and their daughter on "piers morgan tonight." >> she had a lot of qualities. she was very outgoing. she loved to get people together and play and things like that. and she would direct, you know, direct traffic. one day i went over to her school to visit her during lunch hour before going to recess. and i peeked around and she w was -- she had about eight kids around her and she was -- i saw her, she was you go this way and i go this way -- you know,
that's what she liked to do. she's very social, very -- you know, she had -- she had a competitive fire to her too. >> on the day you were just going about your normal lives, and you get this awful call. you hear first and then you get a call. you have the sense of disbelief and then you realize she's been caught up in this horrific incident. gabrielle giffords has been shot, presumed dead. other people have been gunned down. what are you thinking as this is all unfurling? >> i was thinking it was a nightmare and that i was going to wake up, so i kept on pinching myself and hoping it wasn't real. it was that horrendous, it was horrible. and days after that, i would go to her room and hope to find her in her room. but, you know, obviously you know that it is real and day by day, you know, you try to cope. and we have a deep faith in god so we prayed a lot and that helped us.
>> i spoke to mark kelly recently, gabrielle giffords' husband and he was saying how desperate they feel for those loss of lives. and i think probably because she's so young, you know, she would have been 10 in november, september. >> september. >> he was saying really, you know, it's hard to reconcile what happened. have you been able to get to that point? you i know, john first discovered your daughter was dead was told, did they get the person that did this? >> yes. >> and does it give you any -- any kind of comfort that they had? >> it definitely did. i don't know how people say like natalee holloway's parents cope with not knowing. we knew exactly what happened to hurry daughter. it was tragic and, you know, we're still dealing with that today. but, again, our faith in our
there's still time to make a new year's resolution, maybe a little bit of cleaning. in this week's gaming and gadgets, we have ways to clean up your computer in 2012. joining us is our tech expert marc saltzman with easy tips to make your computer run like brand new. why is it important to clean it? you're saying you've got to go further than dusting it off? >> yeah, and i don't mean on the
exteri exterior, which isn't a bad idea either. cleaning the fan and keyboard and mouse. getting your computer running like new so you don't have to run out and buy a new computer this year. often neglect. so i've got five free tips to taking better care of your pc in 2012. number one, fred, would be to safeguard your files. you want to back up your files. you don't know what you got until it's gone. and that's certainly true for irreplaceable photos and camcorder footage, documents. so there are free solutions. it's trendy now to do it online or in the cloud as we call it. so i use, for example, a service called windows live sky drive. you got up to 25 gigabytes of free password protected storage. and not only does that protect from local threats from a theft, fire, or virus, but you can also access those from anywhere in
the world on any device virtually. >> and then you want to clear the clutter. this will simply slow your computer down. >> sure, yeah. well, we'll get to the performance part in a moment. this tip was more for, you know, if you can't even see your desk top photos there's so many -- so many icons on it. you know who you are. then it's time to clean it up. good to the add/remove programs area of control panel and delete files or programs that you've never used. you might have a 4-year-old dvd burning software you've never used or a game you haven't touched since 2008. just unremove it. you're going to clear up space on the hard drive. clear up your desk top to see your photo. and that's number two, clear the clutter. >> okay.
consider some tools to cleaning up the hard drive. >> we shouldn't have to know to do this stuff. and newer computers are better. windows 7 will do this for you. there are some system tools you would want to do to clean that hard drive up. it's a free tool that will essentially comb your hard dr e drive, fix all those little zeros and ones, put them in the right order to optimize performance. that will speed up your computing. if your computer is running very slowly, you can't multi-task very well, you may want to defrag your computer, especially if it's an older one. you don't have to worry about that if you bought it over the last year or two. >> and then you want to update all of your software? >> this is key. because when they ship software, it's not quite finished. they always add new features or fix mistakes or bugs.
unless you've set it up to do this automatically, look at the programs you use the most, maybe itunes of your favorite web browser and click the about tab or options and you'll see one that says update. make sure you do this manually. it will make your computer run faster overall. update your favorite programs and hardware. they're called drivers. this is what helps your system communicate with your web camera or printer. >> then you want to protect your computer with some antimalware software? >> well, as we do every week, fred, we're breaking down the geek speak -- >> break it down for me. >> you're not alone. so my fifth and final tip. for taking better care of your computer in 2012 is to take advantage of free antivirus tools. i call it malware, malicious software. it's more than just viruses. there are other potentially damaging floating around
in cyber space. often you get them in your in boxes through your e-mail. so there are a lot of free solutions out there if you go to, for example, download.com and take a look at the top 20 list at the right-hand side of the page. you will see some of the most popular window software, free antimalware programs, that's antivirus, antispyware, you know, fire walls, anything to protect your information, and there's a lot of good, free examples up there. >> all good stuff. all good house cleaning in a very different way. computer cleaning ideas for 2012. >> that's right. >> great resolution. thank you very much, mark, and happy new year. >> thank you and to you. >> thanks so much. and for more high-tech ideas and reviews, go to cnn.com/tech and look for the gaming and gadgets tab or follow marc on facebook, twitter, and linkedin. he's everywhere. all right, finding a job for the long haul. think high-tech. >> is the internet going to be gone tomorrow? >> no.
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millions of americans are looking for work, and a lot of them aren't having any luck. but the technology sector is hiring and they need a lot of help. i've got details right after our top stories. a strong warning from the british government about traveling to kenya. the uk foreign office says terror groups in kenya may be in the final stages of planning attacks. the u.s. issued a similar warning in november. and iranian officials say the u.s. navy did a humanitarian act by rescuing 13 iranian sailors from pirates in the iranian sea. troops from the fleet responded to a distress call from an iranian fishing vessel on thursday. and they captured 15 pirates, most of them somalis, the american sailors, that is. and they freed the iranians being held captive. the u.s. coast guard's only arctic ice breaker is cutting a path to the town of nome, alaska. the vessel is escorting the ship bringing an emergency supply of
diesel fuel and gas to the town after storms prevented the shipment in the fall. is musician kanye west getting ready to be the next steve jobs? well, if his tweets are anything to go by, maybe he is. he says we need to pick up where steve jobs left off. west is planning to launch a design company where people will "make products and experiences that people want and can afford." the december jobs report shows 200,000 jobs were added last month. the u.s. labor department says the unemployment rate was 8.5%. christine romans shows where the jobs are. >> 200,000 jobs created in the last month of the year bringing the year's total to 1.6 million jobs. 200,000 jobs looks like this, this is what the trend looks like for the year.
and these last six months, six months of jobs gains of 100,000 or more hasn't happened since 2006. what we know about the unemployment rate is now 8.5%, and that also is much better than the economists and analysts have been expecting. this is what it looks like since the president took office. this is, of course, a very political story that monthly jobs report. the economy was losing hundreds of thousands of jobs when the president took office, looked pretty rough except hiring around stimulus and the census. we've talked about a double-dip recession here, maybe there, we averted it, and here you have six months in a row of steady jobs gains. where they do they come from? retail, packaging, delivery, transportation, that's probably all seasonally related but you also saw gains in health care, you saw gains as well in mining and also in manufacturing where you were seeing jobs created, the government. over the year, the government lost 280,000 jobs during the year. just showing you how budget cuts
are affecting the job market overall. christine romans, cnn, new york. >> all right. while millions of people are looking for a job, computer science majors are turning down offers. poppy harlow looks at the hot tech trends. >> social network is the wall street movie of this generation. >> you guys were the inventors of facebook. >> invented facebook. >> they want to build something cool that's going to change the world. >> facebook founder mark zuckerberg may have dropped out of college, but back on campus, computer science is hot, and students with coding skills are burning up the job market. >> by congratulation, how many companies reached out to you about working for them? >> i'd say between 10 and 20 reached out to me before graduating. >> how many job offers did you get? around four or five. >> you haven't graduated yet. how many companies have reached out to you? >> between 10 and 20. >> it's a common story for computer science majors.
>> you have the similar feeling, they're not worried about jobs. >> just look at tech job postings to see the demand. at nyu, that translated into a 94% placement rate for computer science grads last spring. >> for the class of 2011, computer science majors did the best on the job hunt. 56% had a job offer before congratulation compared with 41% overall. >> what are your friends telling you who aren't computer science majors about getting a job? >> they think i don't live in reality. >> reporter: an average starting salary of $66,000 and job security may be why the major is taking off. with enrollment at nyu up 50% since 2007. >> many students whether they're computer science majors or not are starting to suns coding is literacy of the future and they want to get in on that. >> when i started, the program was really small and had one section for each class, and now
for the introductory ones, it's three or four at least. >> they both participated in a summer program founded by evan and columbia professor to show them their career choices are broader than just google and goldman sachs. >> in addition to teaching them topics, we also wanted to explain to them the variety of career options available to them. >> results at first, no. >> reporter: the hacking community may speak a slightly different language. >> you can present google's fundamental alga rhythm and then they sort of -- >> reporter: i can what? but one thing is crystal clear, this is where the jobs are. >> i get e-mails every day asking me if i have a student that could build x or build y. >> is this just a fad? are the jobs here today gone tomorrow? >> is the internet going to be
gone tomorrow? >> no. >> i don't think they'll be gone either. >> reporter: in new york, poppy harlow, cnn, money. >> sometimes you just have to do the drive-thru thing, right? but you still want your kids to eat healthy. well, now, one fast food chain says they're making the kids meals nutritious in a different way. let's find out. to see it through. today, while our work continues, i want to update you on the progress: bp has set aside 20 billion dollars to fund economic and environmental recovery. we're paying for all spill- related clean-up costs. and we've established a 500 million dollar fund so independent scientists can study the gulf's wildlife and environment for ten years. thousands of environmental samples from across the gulf have been analyzed by independent labs under the direction of the us coast guard. i'm glad to report all beaches and waters are open for everyone to enjoy. and the economy is showing progress
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>> tough to watch, tough to hear, but that's the point of the stop child obesity campaign in georgia. the children's health alliance created the ad, and according to the cdc and a 2008 study, more than 1/3 of american teens and adolescents are overweight or obese. and so come monday, one fast food chain is unveiling a plan to help american children eat healthier. introducing what is called one of america's most nutritious kid meals. and steve robinson is here to tell us how this came about. all right. good to see you. >> good to see you. >> let's talk specifically about what's on the menu. why this is different, and really where this idea came from. were you patrons saying we want something better, something healthier for our kids. >> yeah, we have a large percentage of our customers with
families with children, a lot of working moms, and we were hearing a lot from customers. our founder has always been very customer focused. he taught us all to listen really well to what the customers say. >> and while they like families and kids love the chicken, the nuggets, the french fries, the waffle fries. parents said you've got to do something else. what do you have here? >> so the big change for us is we moved to having a protein, a center of the plate entree. for example, four of these grilled nuggets now which are new monday are only 1 gram of fat. this entire little meal you see here -- >> gluten free. >> the little meal, the grilled nuggets, the fruit, and 1% milk is only 1.5 grams of fat for the entire meal, 3 grams of fat for the entire meal and i think 220 calories. >> wow. so much lower in calories compared to what you were offering before. but you are still going to offer the waffle fries and fried
nuggets. >> people like the waffle fries, including me. i'll have some now and then. this is an option. also introducing the 100% pure apple sauce, and we've revamped our drinks. so besides a soft drinks, we're going to offer our natural lemona lemonade, offer 1% milk, fruit -- >> juice boxes. >> the juice boxes. >> kids still like to have chocolate milk. >> fructose sugar has come out of this. >> uh-huh. >> there's four options besides the soft drink now that are healthy and good for them. >> how did chik-fil-a say this is good for business, but at the same time gives us a response to the moral obligation. >> we've been the leaders with a lot of our products. we were the first of the sandwich, nuggets, strips. we were the first with the full fruit cup.
we want to be the first at providing people what they want to eat and they want to eat healthier. and we have no hesitation about trying to be the leader in foods that people really appreciate and they reward us for it. >> so you've already tested with kids? >> oh, yes. >> and what are they saying? >> they like it a lot. and just as importantly, their parents like it. but they do like it. and we're excited to be able to offer the kind of variety that gives children and their parents a healthier choice. >> and so while chick-fil-a, is not the only place, arby's added a couple of new items to the menu, that includes roasted turkey and cheese sandwich, sliced apples, strawberry yogurt dip, kraft mac and cheese and more sliced apples at mcdonald, as well. it really does seem as though fast food restaurants are saying they've got to do something here. >> yes. >> they're trying. >> yeah. well, we've had a natural
advantage. all of our chicken is all breast meat natural meat. whether it's nuggets or strips and whether they're cooked in 100% pure peanut oil, which we use, or they're grilled, we've always had healthier food. nutritious food that's healthier. >> for a lot of families, it's an issue of affordability. it's been convenient to buy this, but at the same time, it meant often that came with high calorie count, high fat intake and this is chick-fil-a's way of addressing that. >> and i think also when families come in and experience all these kind of healthier options they're also going to experience our service. >> all right. >> we want them hooked on that too. >> thanks so much. >> you're welcome. >> thanks for helping us get a close-up view of what's about to be unveiled come monday. >> some of that in there, you can try it yourself. >> okay. we'll dig in. >> all right. thank you. well, perhaps you're not getting the gas mileage you
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gets 30. cnn legal contributors avery friedman and richard herman put the pedal to the metal in this case in our legal brief. >> in the class action case, she walks away with $200. what she's doing -- and this is -- this is ms. peters who obviously has a lot of time on her hands. she she is taking that differential between 50 and 30 miles a gallon times 50,000 miles that she's driven in her 2006 civic. what she's calculated out is an enormous amount of money, actually if you calculate that difference, fredricka, it's about $2,500. her theory, i'd rather get that rather than the 200 bucks. >> yeah, except, richard, a lot of times people make a purchase of a vehicle based on the mileage that is promised on that sticker. so she's likely alleging that she bought this civic hybrid in
harn large part because it was going to save her money. >> it's brilliant, she's bringing it in small claims court where the cap is $10,000. so even if she gets her $7,500 in the state she brought it, she is now going to probably represent -- she's not a lawyer. she used to be a lawyer. now she's a paralegal. she's probably going to represent hundreds and hundreds of people in small claims court. they're going to get more money in small claims court than they would have gotten if they went in the class action. that's why this is brilliant. she's going to win. it's going to be victorious and she will win it in small claims court. >> catch our legal guys every day saturday noon eastern. 1,500 refugees around the world afraid to return to their countries. coming up, the long journey for refugees in a new homeland, the united states. and boston cream pie. did you say pie? pie. she said pie. pie.
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south sudan became an independent nation last july. about 15 million people worldwide have fled their homelands permanently. these refugees often spent years waiting in camps until they find a new country. >> reporter: raising five children is hard work, especially when one of them is disabled. for this man, a 44-year-old refugee from congo now atlanta,
thrown many curveballs his way. he and his wife were married 21 years ago. he supported his family by working as a nurse. but the husband and wife are from different countries. he's from congo. she's from rwanda. they say their mixed marriage made them targets for violence. >> my wife was disliked in my country. >> reporter: they feared for their lives. they had to get out. so in 2002, they fled congo, moved to a tanzanian camp. their movements were very restricted which kept them safe from being beaten, raped or killed. when they needed a restroom, it was a walk down a dirt road to shared facilities. then in 2010, some good news. the united states government invited the family to move to america, to clarkston, georgia, a destination for thousands of refugees.
i didn't want to be like a homeless person. i wanted to help my fellow refugees. if you're helping your fellow refugees, you feel better. today after packing chicken for eight to nine hours, the couple arrives back home between 2:00 and 3:00 in the morning. the kids are long asleep and the 19-hour day has finally ended. when he and his family moved here just over a year ago, there were agencies set up to help them get their life going, help them find a job, find an apartment and help their kids with schools. one of the agencies that's helped his family is refugee family services. >> these are current and previous clients from all over the world. >> reporter: emily runs the business. she says the refugee clients sometimes are misunderstood. >> they go through an extensive screening process to come here. and they're the invited guests of our nation. they are not illegal immigrants. >> reporter: emily says 85% of georgia's refugees are employed
within six months of moving here. >> they're here to work and to build a successful life in this country. >> reporter: what have you learned from that, in what you do? >> it's been very humbling being in this job, seeing how hard people work, seeing what makes them grateful. >> reporter: he is deeply thankful for the opportunities. >> because my family is safe here, no problem. i am free to practice my religion. >> reporter: the devout humble refugee is candid about his new life. >> it's hard, but it is good. >> reporter: why is it hard? >> it's hard because you have to work hard. i work hard. i study hard, have no time to take rest.